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Hawaii elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Hawaii held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (2 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (25 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (51 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (2 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Hawaii, 2012
U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMazie Hirono 61.7% 269,489
     Republican Linda Lingle 36.8% 160,994
     N/A Blank Votes 1.5% 6,599
Total Votes 437,082
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Hawaii -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Colleen Hanabusa
Republican Party Charles Djou
Colleen Hanabusa Democratic Party Colleen Hanabusa No
2nd Democratic Party Tulsi Gabbard
Republican Party David Crowley
Mazie K. Hirono Democratic Party Tulsi Gabbard No
See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Hawaii State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 24 24
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 25 25

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Hawaii House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 42 44
     Republican Party 8 7
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 51 51

See also: Hawaii 2012 ballot measures

November 2:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Dam and Reservoir Owners Assistance Amendment Bond issues Authorizes the State to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards. Defeatedd
LRCA Appointment of Retired Judges Amendment State judiciary Authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to appoint retired judges to temporary stations. Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Hawaii was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 12, 2012, which was 30 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 29 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 8.[2]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Hawaii. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office seven days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on Election Day.[5][6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Hawaii is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends three days prior to Election Day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also